Passports
Uruwhenua

The story of New Zealand is one of journeys and arrivals – people leaving home to come here.

  • When Long-term exhibition
  • Where Level 4
  • Cost Free entry
  • Type People and History

In Passports you’ll uncover the remarkable stories of people who migrated to New Zealand over the last 200 years.

  • Who were they?
  • What did they bring?
  • What did they leave behind?
  • How would you fare in their position?

Medicine Chest, circa 1880, London, by Dakin Brothers. Acquisition history unknown. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH003139)

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Medicine Chest, circa 1880, London, by Dakin Brothers. Acquisition history unknown. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH003139)

Sharing our stories

A compelling mix of artefacts, video, and interactive displays tells the newcomers’ moving stories – from the cramped steerage on board an 1840s sailing ship, to fearful flight from war-torn Europe, and more recent voyages into the unknown down under.

The cultural richness and diversity of the regional lifestyles of British and Irish migrants are screened on video and maps. Images of other regions, including China, India, Dalmatia, Greece, and the Pacific tell of other regional lifestyles.

The Mixing Room: Stories from young refugees in New Zealand explores the extraordinary stories of 70 recent migrants to New Zealand through art, film, poetry, and performance. The Mixing Room exhibition is in our Community Gallery, Level 4, located near Passports.